Bienvenue à Montreal, par Aulida Valery

Quotation: All social Media users will get a hot welcome when they will visit Montreal: the City of Festival, the city of learning and sharing, the city of Multicultural, the city of Peace and Love and Happiness.”.-© Aulida Valery, October, 2011
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Montréal, le samedi 15 OCtobre 2011

Il y a un jour, je voyageais pour une entreprise en télécommunication afin de participer à un séminaire de formation avec une division de Nortel Networks [Nortel Power System]. Le sujet de ce séminaire était : The Future of Energy.

J’étais très heureux, mon premier voyage en Amérique du Nord, et je venais tout juste de former une équipe pour mettre en place et lancer Internet en Haïti. J’avais eu la chance de rencontre un homme de coeur, un visionnaire qui était Directeur de Alpha Communication Network [ACN]. Selon mes opinions personnels, il était bon, et nous a fait confiance pour l’accompagner dans cette mise en place. Dans la même période, l’Internet était encore à ses débuts dans les foyers des grandes puissances mondiales.
Je m’attendais pas à vivre des moments magique, en plus de la formation sur les bancs de batterie GNB, les Équipements de DMS-300, et autres. J’avais le privilège de découvrir la belle ville qu’est Montréal.

J’ai pu faire connaissance avec des Montréalais au Centre-ville, au Quartier des affaires et j’étais chanceux, des Montréalais(e)s m’ont servi de guide pour me faire découvrir cette ville. Je me souviens, un samedi 26 Avril 1996, s’était la journée du Maire, les citoyens étaient invités à visiter l’Hôtel de Ville, à l’époque Monsieur Pierre Bourque fut le maire. Je l’ai rencontré et j’avais écris une note dans le cahier mis à la disposition des visiteurs.

Nous étions allé sur le Mont-Royal et dans mon cœur, je me suis dit, j’aime cette ville. Un jour j’y reviendrai pour vivre, travailler, étudier, accompagner mes enfants et devenir entrepreneurs en apportant mon savoir-faire.

Au fil des ans, j’ai beaucoup appris des Montréalais, des Québécois, des Canadiens et plus de dix ans plus tard, je me sens prêt à me lancer dans la piscine pour un effet gagnant-gagnant, c’est-à-dire donner aux montréalais et à tous ceux qui ont adoptés Montréal comme ville d’accueil, les leçons que j’ai appris dans mes relations avec les citoyens de ma ville, je tombe en amour avec ma ville.

Selon l’encyclopédie Wikipedia:
[Montréal est la métropole du Québec au Canada. Elle est le centre de la culture et des affaires de la province. Le Vieux-Montréal a été déclaré arrondissement historique en 1964. La ville est située sur l’île de Montréal, dans l’archipel d’Hochelaga, en bordure du Saint-Laurent, à proximité de l’Ontario et des États-Unis.

Montréal a accueilli l’Exposition universelle de 1967 et les Jeux olympiques d’été de 1976. Elle est l’hôte annuel du Festival des Films du Monde de Montréal, du Festival international de jazz de Montréal8, du festival Juste pour rire, du Festival Montréal en lumière9 et du Grand Prix de Formule 1 du Canada. Le club de hockey Les Canadiens de Montréal y a élu domicile dès sa création en 1909
Montréal est considérée comme la deuxième ville francophone dans le monde après Paris (2,1 millions de personnes) et est la seule métropole francophone en Amérique du Nord. Sa population est plus du triple de celle de Québec, la capitale de la province. http://www.wikipedia.org]

Citation: “Montréal, c’est Montréal, parce qu’elle est unique avec ses diversités culturelles, ses festivales et elle est depuis toujours une destination pour les entrepreneurs et les familles.”.-Citation de Aulida Valery, 17 février 2011

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

International Women’s Day has been observed since in the early 1900’s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

1908
Great unrest and critical debate was occurring amongst women. Women’s oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change. Then in 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.

1909
In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman’s Day (NWD) was observed across the United States on 28 February. Women continued to celebrate NWD on the last Sunday of February until 1913.

1910
n 1910 a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named a Clara Zetkin (Leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) tabled the idea of an International Women’s Day. She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day – a Women’s Day – to press for their demands. The conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, representing unions, socialist parties, working women’s clubs, and including the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament, greeted Zetkin’s suggestion with unanimous approval and thus International Women’s Day was the result.

1911
Following the decision agreed at Copenhagen in 1911, International Women’s Day (IWD) was honoured the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March. More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination. However less than a week later on 25 March, the tragic ‘Triangle Fire’ in New York City took the lives of more than 140 working women, most of them Italian and Jewish immigrants. This disastrous event drew significant attention to working conditions and labour legislation in the United States that became a focus of subsequent International Women’s Day events. 1911 also saw women’s ‘Bread and Roses‘ campaign.

1913-1914
On the eve of World War I campaigning for peace, Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February 1913. In 1913 following discussions, International Women’s Day was transferred to 8 March and this day has remained the global date for International Wommen’s Day ever since. In 1914 further women across Europe held rallies to campaign against the war and to express women’s solidarity.

1917
On the last Sunday of February, Russian women began a strike for « bread and peace » in response to the death over 2 million Russian soldiers in war. Opposed by political leaders the women continued to strike until four days later the Czar was forced to abdicate and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote. The date the women’s strike commenced was Sunday 23 February on the Julian calendar then in use in Russia. This day on the Gregorian calendar in use elsewhere was 8 March.

1918 – 1999
Since its birth in the socialist movement, International Women’s Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. For decades, IWD has grown from strength to strength annually. For many years the United Nations has held an annual IWD conference to coordinate international efforts for women’s rights and participation in social, political and economic processes. 1975 was designated as ‘International Women’s Year‘ by the United Nations. Women’s organisations and governments around the world have also observed IWD annually on 8 March by holding large-scale events that honour women’s advancement and while diligently reminding of the continued vigilance and action required to ensure that women’s equality is gained and maintained in all aspects of life.

2000 and beyond
IWD is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.

The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and emancipation. Many from a younger generation feel that ‘all the battles have been won for women’ while many feminists from the 1970’s know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women’s visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.

However, great improvements have been made. We do have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices. And so the tone and nature of IWD has, for the past few years, moved from being a reminder about the negatives to a celebration of the positives.

GoogleAnnually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.

Many global corporations have also started to more actively support IWD by running their own internal events and through supporting external ones. For example, on 8 March search engine and media giant Google some years even changes its logo on its global search pages. Year on year IWD is certainly increasing in status. The United States even designates the whole month of March as ‘Women’s History Month’.

So make a difference, think globally and act locally !! Make everyday International Women’s Day. Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.

[Source : http://www.internationalwomensday.com/about.asp ]

WE ARE ONE

As you go through life you’ll see
There is so much that we
Don’t understand

And the only thing we know
Is things don’t always go
The way we planned

But you’ll see every day
That we’ll never turn away
When it seems all your dreams come undone

We will stand by your side
Filled with hope and filled with pride
We are more than we are
We are one

If there’s so much I must be
Can I still just be me
The way I am?

Can I trust in my own heart
Or am I just one part
Of some big plan?

Even those who are gone
Are with us as we go on
Your journey has only begun

Tears of pain, tears of joy
One thing nothing can destroy
Is our pride, deep inside
We are one

We are one, you and I
We are like the earth and sky
One family under the sun

All the wisdom to lead
All the courage that you need
You will find when you see
We are one.

Video : « The Lion King 2 – We Are One (English)

(Music by Tom Snow, lyrics by Marty Panzer & Mark Feldman
Performed by Cam Clarke, Charity Sanoy, Ladysmith Black Mambazo & Chorus : http://www.lionking.org/lyrics/RTPR/WeAreOne.html